Thiem into Indian Wells semifinals as injured Monfils withdraws

Milos Raonic ended the dream run of Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells quarter-finals. Reuters

Milos Raonic ended the dream run of Miomir Kecmanovic in the Indian Wells quarter-finals. Reuters

"I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final again, and I will try to enjoy it as well". Kerber eased into her second set quite nicely, dominating her first serve and giving herself eight break points. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

Though she lost serve to begin the second set, Kerber rebounded immediately as the two traded breaks twice in the second set, before she won the last three games to seal the match and her spot in the final.

The 22-year-old Swiss, who knocked out world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka on Tuesday, won 6-3 4-6 6-3 for her sixth victory this year over opponents in the world top-10. She's improved to 18-3 this year, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.

Angelique Kerber held off a spirited challenge by the unseeded Venus Williams to set up an Indian Wells Open semi-final against Belinda Bencic. "The court heats up a little bit".

The hard-serving Canadian saved all three break points against him on Thursday and converted on two of his three break-point opportunities. She's here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines.

Williams has not made it farther than the quarter-finals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tournament since last year's BNP Paribas Open.

He has accepted a wild card into the qualifying draw in Miami, which will mark the first time he's played a qualifying tournament since 2007 at Queen's Club.

The 23rd-seeded Bencic started hot in the California desert, taking the first set with 14 winners and only six unforced errors, but Czech Pliskova hit back in the second. "So my serve was bad, my shots were bad".

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga advanced to the women's semis on Wednesday.

In the semi-final, she is set to face in-form Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who reached this stage after a 12-match winning streak, including a quarter-final win over Karolína Plíšková. The fifth-seeded team of Dabrowski and Yifan Xu of China lost 6-2, 7-6 (5) to Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

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